Postcards from The American Southwest

July 25, 2017
July 25, 2017 Hilary

Postcards from The American Southwest

Historic Route 66 Seligman Arizona American Flag painting

My boys, and I* have been road tripping through the American Southwest these past two weeks, which means I’ve been out gathering a ton of fun information to share with all of you, but haven’t had time to write about it in detail yet! I thought it might be fun to give you a sneak peak at some of the amazing things we’ve experienced during this summer’s adventure, all of which I plan to write about in more detail in the near future!

Capital Reef National Park Postcard Utah

Capital Reef National Park Postcard Utah

Dear Faithful Reader,

Don’t you just love receiving mail! I do! We’ve been having quite a summer exploring Nevada, Utah and Arizona! It’s been so hot out and we’ve been doing a lot of driving! The USA is a vast and unique place!! Here is a little sneak peak of our Southwestern Adventures!

xo, hilary

Next stop… The American Southwest!

Road trip with Kids Southwest USA

Road Trip with Kids

Dear Faithful Reader,

No road trip would be complete without long stretches of endless road. We saw this sign from the road, but when we pulled off to explore further, things weren’t quite what they seemed. Snapped a few picks, but didn’t hang around long…

xo, hilary

Next stop… Las Vegas, Nevada!

Las Vegas Nevada with Kids

Las Vegas with kids

Dear Faithful Reader,

Las Vegas with kids wasn’t something I’d ever planned on… I’ll be writing more about our experiences there, but I think I’m going with my first instincts on this one.

xo, hilary

Next stop… Zion National Park!

Zion National Park Utah

Zion National Park with kids

Dear Faithful Reader,

Zion National Park has hikes and walks which are suitable for all ages! We did both the Emerald Pools hike and the River Walk!

We saw waterfalls and a tons of wildlife! It was 108 degrees, so dipping our toes into the river at the end of the walk was a welcome reward!!

xo, hilary

Next stop… Bryce Canyon National Park!

The Rock Shop Orderville Utah

The Rock Stop Orderville Utah Road trip with kids

Dear Faithful Reader,

We saw this strange object from a distance and wondered… what is that?! Turns out it was the Rock Stop! There are so many of these shops, but this is the only one we saw that was actually in the shape of a rock!

We just had to stop!!

xo, hilary

Next stop really is… Bryce Canyon National Park!


Bryce Canyon National Park Utah

Dear Faithful Reader,

After high temperatures in the 100s for days on end, the cooler temperatures in Bryce Canyon were a welcome reprieve!!

We did a moderate hike through the hoodoos. There were even a few raindrops! It was a steep climb back up, but so worth it!

xo, hilary

The next stop… Arches Capital Reef National Park!

Quick Stops at Capital Reef National Park and Goblin Valley State Park

Capital Reef National Park Utah

Capital Reef Postcard Back

Dear Faithful Reader,

Have you heard of Capital Reef?

Although it doesn’t get as much press it’s pretty beautiful! Many people say it’s their favorite due to low crowds… we saw some petroglyphs that were 2500 years old!

xo, hilary

The Next stop… Arches National Park Goblin Valley State Park!

Goblin Valley State Park Utah

Goblin Valley Postcard back

Dear Faithful Reader,

The road from Bryce Canyon to Arches was so LONG….!
We took Scenic HWY 12, which was probably my LEAST favorite road ever!
It was beautiful, but so curvy!!!
We stopped at Goblin Valley State Park
for a stretch and a rest

The valley is filled with hoodoos, which one can walk among… it was hot hot hot!
Evning might have been a better choice…

xo, hilary

Next stop… Arches National Park!

Arches National Park with kids

Arches National Park Utah with Kids

Dear Faithful Reader,

I was surprised by how impressed I was by the arches! Does that sound silly?

Unfortunately, the hike to the famous Delicate Arch was in the difficult category, but there are a number of family friendly walks and viewpoints throughout the park!

xo, hilary

The Next Stop… Mexican hat!

Mexican hat Utah Forrest Gump

Mexican Hat HWY 163 Forrest Gump Stop Utah

Dear Faithful Reader,

After a few days in Moab, it was to head to our next stop: Monument Valley! This is the stop that starte it all, but I’ll save that story for a future post!!

The drive from Arches to Monument Valley isn’t too long, so wedidn’t stop along the way except to snap a pic of Mexican Hat Rock and to see the Forrest Gump movie sign!

xo, hilary

Next stop… Monument Valley! Finally!

Monument Valley Sunrise Utah

Monumnet Valley Utah Sunrise

Dear Faithful Reader,

We all loved our visit to Monument Valley! There so much history in this beautiful place!

We had hoped for some stargazing and to see the sunset over the magnificent valley, but instead were treated to quite a summer storm, complete with lightning, rainbows, and hail!

All was not lost… I set my alarm for sunrise and was treated to quite a light show, the soundtrack was provided by frogs and crickets! I may have seen some bats!

xo, hilary

Next stop… Page, Arizona!

Antelope Canyon Arizona Photo tour

Upper Antelope Canyon Page Arizona

Dear Faithful Reader,

When I first considered this trip, I knew the Antelope Canyon slot canyons would have to be on the itinerary! These canyons are easilyt one the most unqiue places I’ve ever visited, and this city girl definitely had a moment when I realized where I willingly was!

Wanting to take photos, and to enjoy the moment I opeted for two tours in one day! It was the best decission! our guide was awesome and this experience was definitely a highlight of the trip!!

xo, hilary

Next up… Horseshoe Bend!

Horseshoe Bend Page Arizona

Horseshoe Bend Page Arizona

Dear Faithful Reader,

Horseshoe Bend is the most photographed location along the Colorado River and it’s easy to see why! The view of the bend in the River from 1000 feet up is pretty magnificent!

I’ve recently learned I’m not great with extreme heights, so I wasn’t able to get all the way to the edge fro a complete view, but hopefully you get the idea!

xo, hilary

Next stop… The Grand Canyon!

The Grand Canyon Arizona

The Grand Canyon Arizona

Dear Faithful Reader,

We’ve been on the road for two weeks, and we’ve seen some pretty amazing sights!

Today was our final stop The GRAND CANYON! We visited the South Rim, where our first stop was the Desert View.

We were pretty excited to see an endangered California Condor fly over the Canyon!

xo, hilary

Next stop… HOME (via Las Vegas)!

*Tim stayed home to hold down the fort!

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I love to travel & explore the world both near and far! I do my best to make the most out of life each and everyday! I have two boys and they are, at the ages of 13 and 18, world travelers and all around go along guys. There isnt anywhere I cant take them. It is my hope this blog will be a way to share the fun things Ive learned while on our many adventures together!

Comments (51)

  1. Really great post, I love it! Sounds like you guys are having an amazing time, very jealous! What has been your favourite part so far?

    • Thank you! It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I think Antelope Canyon is up there! We also loved Monument Valley!

    • Thanks! It was quite an adventure and I’ll be sharing more details in the weeks to come! Stay tuned!

  2. What a cool idea and a great post! I’m waiting for my dad to visit from Australia so that we can go to the south. I think he’d love it. #FarawayFiles

    • Thanks!! I was feeling inspired! That sounds like a fun trip, has your dad been here before?

  3. So creative Hilary – love it! We did a trip like this when I was a teenager and I really dont think I appreciated it at all. I would love to return and do it all again thanks to your inspiring photos #FarawayFiles

    • Thank you!! I definitely think it was interesting, but two weeks might have been a tad long…

  4. Hilary, you nailed this post! Love every single bit of it. What an epic road trip. I have been wanting to do something similar for ages. Can’t wait to read all the details (and see the pictures, of course).

  5. You’ve really captured some of the parts that make the American Southwest so exciting — sweeping vistas, somewhat kitschy stops, national parks and a gigantic American flag painted on the side of a building! #farawayfiles

  6. Clare Thomson

    I’ve so enjoyed your amazing photos on Instagram, Hilary. I can hardly believe the extraordinary landscape of the United States – and I’ve never heard of a hoodoo before today! Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

    • It’s pretty amazing! It’s one thing to know about the variety of landscape, but seeing all that wide open space is another thing all together!!

  7. WHAT A FRIGGIN’ ADORABLE POST! I love that you actually turned your pix into postcards! I may need to borrow this idea one day! You road trip looks and sounds epic! I still need to explore this region! I’ve only driven through a portion without stopping! 🙁 haha Thanks for linking up with #TheWeeklyPostcard!

    • Thank you! What is it they say about imitation being the highest form of flattery?! You’re welcome to it!! It was definitely epic!!

  8. Seriously clever, Hilary! Love this!! I can’t believe how much you were able to see in 2 weeks…sound alike you have your work cut out for you, ha. Curious about the Vegas experience..#farawayfiles

    • I’ll be writing about this in order, so Vegas will be first… hint, I don’t recommend it with kids. 😳

    • Stay tuned I’ve got a gold mine of info after two weeks on the road… first up, Las Vegas!

  9. This is my dream trip!! How long did this take you?? Beautiful pictures and such a unique post! Thanks for sharing on #farawayfiles!

  10. Such great pictures and The Grand Canyon must have been a wonderful place to finish your trip. Lots of great inspiration here for an American road trip

  11. How fun! I love the style with postcards – and wow you went to A LOT of places! #TheWeeklyPostcard

    • I totally agree!! Very original, and appeals to nostalgia in those of us old enough to remember when people actually sent postcards (remember when..?). This was a very entertaining read and I just loved the pictures. Antelope Canyon doesn’t look like anything I’ve ever seen.

      • Thank you so much for your kind words! I do remember when… and I actually sent two postcards during this trip, I miss the days of receiving fun snail mail! Antelope Canyon was amazing and I’ll be writing about our incredible experience in more detail in the coming weeks! Cheers!

  12. What a great post! Who doesn’t love getting a postcard? Great idea and a fantastic way to share your travels. You guys hit some of our favorite places, like Monument Valley and Bryce Canyon – such a fantastic road trip! Thanks for sending us postcards at #TheWeeklyPostcard! 🙂

    • Thank you!! I definitely love getting postcards!! We loved Monument Valley and our hike through Bryce Canyon was pretty amazing!

  13. This looks like such an amazing trip! America is such an amazing country. The postcards are a great idea. #mainylovessummer

  14. Fab idea with your postcards. Love the rock stop, what a quirky design.

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